News Demonstrators hold placards with pictures of Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah Al Shami who - along with cameraman Mohammed Badr - remains in custody in Egypt, during a protest outside Egypt's embassy in London last November

Two Britons are among a group of 20 journalists working for Al-Jazeera facing criminal trial in Egypt on charges of aiding or joining a terrorist organisation – the latest press crackdown in a country which is facing growing instability.

Virgin sells £339m TV stake

Telecoms giant Virgin Media has sold its stake in UKTV - home of channels including Dave, Gold and Yesterday - to a US broadcaster for £339 million.

Jersey: Channel-hop into a different way of life

A long weekend in tranquil, cushy Jersey makes you do things you wouldn't dream of doing at home, says Julie Burchill

Video: Clashes at Channel Island whaling meeting

Australia and Japan clash at International Whaling Commission meeting in the Channel Islands.

Galea scores hat-trick to keep Rovers in play-off hunt

Crusaders 10 Hull KR 38

Let's do the time warp on Tresco

Walk of the month: The Isles Of Scilly - This wind-blasted granite coastline, with its old forts, feels more Middle Ages than Middle England. Mark Rowe takes a step back

Business Diary: Chair envy at Channel Five

Divide and rule? There's a certain amount of jealousy to be found just now at the central London headquarters of Richard Desmond's ever-expanding media empire.

Surfers ride the river Severn

The Severn Bore makes its way up the river Severn through Gloucestershire. A number of bores travel up the river every year, some big enough to surf.

Canada: Seduced by a fragile sanctuary

British Columbia's pretty Gulf Islands are protected by a passionate local community, says Anthony Lambert

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Ben Youngs excited by South Africa challenge

Ben Youngs, one of the bright new stars of English rugby, is already buzzing at the thought of playing world champions South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

New evidence may write Lindbergh out of history as first to fly Atlantic

Research shows two French pilots made trip, but died on landing

Julie Bradshaw: It needs to be controlled, but it's still a great challenge

I first swam the Channel back in 1979, when I was 15. I'd swum the length of Lake Windermere, which is about 10 miles, and have done open water swims all over the world, breaking 19 world records, but the Channel is still the blue riband event – the swim people travel miles to do.

French call for ban on Channel swimming

Armed with little more than a bathing suit, nose plugs and a liberal application of Vaseline, hundreds of cross-Channel swimmers have sought out one of sport's toughest challenge since Captain Matthew Webb first performed the feat in 1875.

Call for better regulation of cross-Channel swims

A ferry company called today for better regulation of cross-Channel swimmers because the endurance sport is growing so quickly.

British woman starves to death in the Caribbean

The family of a woman who starved to death after leaving Britain for a new life in the Caribbean has called for a full investigation, it emerged today.

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